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How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

March 20, 2017 - Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent op-ed on for The Milbank Quarterly that such fears over patient data sharing will likely continue to increase as more providers utilize HIE options....


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How HIE Security Concerns Impact Patient Data Withholding

by Elizabeth Snell

Concerns over HIE security and how patient data may be shared or accessed could lead to patients withholding some of their personal information, according to Commonwealth Fund President David Blumenthal, MD, MPP. Blumenthal explained in a recent...

Secure Exchange of Electronic Data Top HHS Challenge

by Elizabeth Snell

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently facing 10 management and performance challenges, including health information technology and the meaningful and secure exchange and use of electronic information, according to the...

Considering Healthcare Data Privacy with Health Data Sharing

by Elizabeth Snell

Information sharing is not without certain healthcare data privacy risks, but the potential rewards should be understood so individuals can make an educated choice when considering the trade off, according to Dr. Joseph Kvedar. In a recent blog...

How Patient Privacy is Affected by Patient Matching Proposal

by Elizabeth Snell

Earlier this week, numerous healthcare organizations urged members of the House Committee on Appropriations to advance language in a legislative report that would assist in patient matching, which could potentially also affect patient privacy....

Unauthorized HIE Access Leads to MA Data Security Incident

by Elizabeth Snell

Massachusetts-based Codman Square Health Center is notifying patients that some of their information may have been exposed after a data security incident stemming from unauthorized HIE access. Codman was notified on July 13, 2016 that an employee...

How Location-Based IT Could Re-invent Healthcare Security

by Roman Foeckl of CoSoSys

We have entered an age where our private data has become an all-too-easy target for malicious individuals or organizations who steal and sell this data for significant profit. Healthcare security is especially important as a hacker made almost...

Why Healthcare Data Security, Compliance Issues Go Untreated

by Dave Brunswick of Cleo Communications

If there ever was a pulse of healthcare operations, it’s data. From patient enrollment forms, electronic health records, and health insurance information, the amount of electronic data flowing through the medical community increases every...

Maintaining Health Data Privacy in HIEs, Data Exchange

by Elizabeth Snell

With the push for nationwide interoperability, more covered entities are beginning to look toward health data exchange options, and may even be considering connecting to an HIE. However, health data privacy must remain a top priority at all times,...

How EHNAC Hopes to ‘Raise the Bar’ in Health Data Security

by Elizabeth Snell

LAS VEGAS –The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has been accrediting electronic healthcare networks since 1995, and is no stranger to understanding the importance of health data security. With the increase...

Secure HIE Highlighted in DirectTrust, FHA Federal Bundle

by Elizabeth Snell

Secure HIE is a key aspect of the recently announced Governmental Trust Anchor Bundle between DirectTrust and the Federal Health Architecture (FHA). Along with higher levels of security and identity controls, the Governmental Trust Anchor Bundle...

ONC Reviews HIE Security, Interoperability under HIPAA

by Sara Heath

In their second blog post in a series about HIE security, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) chief privacy officer Lucia Savage, JD, and privacy analyst Aja Brooks, JD, explained the circumstances under the HIPAA...

HHS Revises Rules for More Patient Privacy in Drug Abuse Care

by Sara Heath

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be changing its regulations for health information exchange (HIE) security and patient privacy for individuals receiving treatment for substance abuse disorders. In a recent press release,...

FDA Interoperability Draft Stresses Healthcare Data Security

by Sara Heath

As the healthcare industry continues to push for EHR interoperability, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) believes that healthcare data security, patient safety, and risk management should be top priority for IT developers and users. In their...

DirectTrust Growth Reflects Priority on HIE Security

by Sara Heath

Secure direct messaging and health information exchange (HIE) security is growing, according to DirectTrust’s 2015 end of year metrics. By the end of 2015, the Direct exchange had performed nearly 44 million transactions across its network....

HITPC Cites HIE Privacy, Security Challenges to Congress

by Elizabeth Snell

There are complex privacy and security challenges when it comes to health information exchange, according to the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC). In its December report to Congress, HITPC claimed that HIE privacy and security issues were just...

Is HIE Security Affected with Health Record Integration?

by Elizabeth Snell

A recent report submitted to the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) suggests that personal health records (PHRs) could be successfully implemented into HIEs, and would help create more complete data across the industry. However, HIE security...

Key Reminders For Strong HIE Security

by Elizabeth Snell

With more healthcare providers looking to connect to HIEs and achieve interoperability, HIE security issues need to be considered as part of a larger health data security plan. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology...

Health Data Privacy Part of DRAP Security Accreditation

by Sara Heath

As health data privacy becomes a heightened concern for health data organizations, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) developed the Data Registry Accreditation Program (DRAP). Earlier this week, EHNAC awarded its...

WEDI’s Devin Jopp Talks HIE Privacy, Interoperability Push

by Elizabeth Snell

There is no question that HIE privacy and security are becoming more prevalent issues in healthcare, especially as the nationwide push for interoperability continues. But how can healthcare organizations overcome integration obstacles? What of...

VA, IHS Accredited for Secure Health Information Exchange

by Sara Heath

As the goal of secure health information exchange (HIE) and interoperability continues to be pushed nationwide, it is important that security standards be put in place to ensure that patient information not be breached. Two such organizations...

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